Be Smart & Take Your Kid For Early Diagnosis of Jaw Growth Problems!

What is a functional appliance? Does your child need one?

Myofunctional appliances are also called as orthopedic appliances which utilize the muscle action of the patient to apply orthodontic or orthopedic forces to restore the facial balance. Functional appliances are used in children with jaw growth problems or developing skeletal malocclusion.

Facial profile alteration or asymmetry occur when the upper jaw and lower jaw do not grow in tandem or one of the jaw exhibits extreme overgrowth or undergrowth in relation to one another. These functional appliances help to re position or reshape the jaw bone (maxilla and mandible) of a patient rather than straighten teeth.

Fixing these issues not only helps in improving the patient’s appearance, it can also relieve medical issues such as migraines, dizziness or sleep apnoea. Someone with restricted airflow may also benefit from using a functional appliance to widen the upper jaw, which can open up narrow sinuses passages.

What is the right age for functional appliance treatment?

It is better to identify an existing problem with jaw growth as early as possible. Because this orthodontic treatment is changing the position or shape of the jaw, by selectively modifying your jaw growth, a functional appliance works best when the patient is still growing—between the ages of 11 and 14 for boys and 10 and 13 for girls.


What are the benefits of functional appliance treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is not always expensive! Preventive treatment will help you save money in the long run. It is always cheap and best for you to correct jaw growth problems at an early age with braces or functional appliance for jaw growth modification. Minor orthodontic problems can be treated at an early age to prevent them from flaring into a major skeletal problem. Always make sure to take your kid to the orthodontist immediately if you suspect habits like mouth breathing or thumb sucking. He will give the proper advice to avoid the habit or might give a habit breaking appliance for your child.

Mouth breathing habit might later lead to “long faces syndrome” at a later age and might be difficult to correct after the cessation of bone growth. Thumb sucking habit will cause severe flaring of the upper anterior teeth and lead to skeletal open bite.


What is the duration of functional appliance treatment?

The usual duration of functional appliance treatment is around 8-12 months. Your child must wear the appliance for the prescribed duration and follow the instructions of your orthodontist, for successful treatment outcome.


What is the cost of functional appliance treatment in Dubai?

The treatment fee for functional appliance treatment depends on the patient’s existing skeletal problem, the appliance type as well as the estimated treatment duration. The cost can range between AED 2000 – 6000 depending on the treatment needed.


Identify and treat your child’s jaw problem early!

Always remember that most of the facial growth and development will be completed by the time your child is 11 years old. Delaying jaw correction beyond 13 years  will not give ideal results even if you do the best treatment using functional appliance with the best orthodontist. Skeletal problems are easy to correct between the age of 8-11 and are extremely difficult to correct after 16 years!  It is highly important to identify and correct skeletal jaw problems at an early age. If not,  orthognathic surgery might be the only option for severe skeletal malocclusion after growth is completed.

Book an appointment with Dr. Nazeer to know if functional appliance can solve your kid’s jaw growth problem.